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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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2008 (The Perfect Storm): Stormwatchers Winterfest 2007 aged in Evan Willliams bourbon barrels.
2009 (The Perfect Storm): Stormwatchers Winterfest 2007 aged in Evan Willliams bourbon barrels.
2010 (Mother of All Storms) - Stormwatchers Winterfest 2009 aged in Evans Williams bourbon barrels.
2011 (Mother of All Storms) - Stormwatchers Winterfest 2010 aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

There are many storms out there, all of them perfect in their own way. But there is only one Mother of all Storms and it only happens in Pacific City, Oregon. Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-style barleywine, Mother of all Storms spent many months aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, Mother of all Storms delivers deep flavors of toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. Best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s, vintage 2009
The color is very dark brown, almost black, with a small head. Strange aroma, burnt wood, ruhbarb candies, cut branches, phenol... But the flavor is excellent, starting with a full body, then powerful chocolate flavor, and a stingy alcohol presence that actually fits well in the picture; a woody character; strong bitterness, the final also shows some liquorice and more chocolate. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG pours brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet toffee and molassis with lots of bourbon notes. Flavor is very sweet, the alcochol is masked well. There is sweet oak, vanilla and bourbon notes mixed in with bread and caramel malts. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
Brown pour side by side with Perfect Storm. Basically the same, awesome beer. Pour is dark brown with aromas of toffee, caramel, date, dried fruits, some light oaky vanilla. Flavor is much the same with a bit more perceivable booze that Perfect storm. Decadent richness of caramel malt, some slightly burnt toffee notes, and light charred vanilla barrel. Delicious.
Earlier Rating: 4/3/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Dark Brown pour. Aroma is Loaded with caramel and dark fruit, definite bourbon presence, but laid back, not in your face. Fig, date, caramel, a flutter of oaky vanilla. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium, rich, a bit boozy, but not as boozy as 13.5% suggests. Flavor is rich burnt caramel, complex date and oak vanilla. Damn good

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
The beer is a dark brown with medium brown head that rises about 1 finger is gone quite quickly. The lacing is heavy but watery in substance is gone quickly. The aroma is strong and complex you get bourbon, wood and vanilla right off the bat but then some nice rasian, toffee, and sadly a touch too much alcohol at the end. This beer tastes very comples and wonderful. The front is very malty lots of raisins, then it fades to bourbon and and ton of vanilla at the end. For 13.5% you taste some alcohol but it could be a lot more. The feel is incredibly it coats your mouth like syrup almost numbing you to the bone. This is by far the best mouthfeel ever. Overall, I’m not a barleyfine at ALL! But this great beers may just change my mind, or just is it this beer? This beer is tasty, complex and has the best mouthfeel I’ve ever had. I would recommend this beer up and down all day.
Earlier Rating: 3/24/2011 Total Score: 4.5
The beer is a dark brown with medium brown head that rises about 1 finger is gone quite quickly. The lacing is heavy but watery in substance is gone quickly. The aroma is strong and complex you get bourbon, wood and vanilla right off the bat but then some nice rasian, toffee, and sadly a touch too much alcohol at the end. This beer tastes very comples and wonderful. The front is very malty lots of raisins, then it fades to bourbon and and ton of vanilla at the end. For 13.5% you taste some alcohol but it could be a lot more. The feel is incredibly it coats your mouth like syrup almost numbing you to the bone. This is by far the best mouthfeel ever. Overall, I’m not a barleyfine at ALL! But this great beers may just change my mind, or just is it this beer? This beer is tasty, complex and has the best mouthfeel I’ve ever had. I would recommend this beer up and down all day.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5746) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Dasilky1 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy brown with a nice sized beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits, bourbon and oak
Taste: Dark ripe fruit, sweet caramel, bourbon and vanilla
A nice easy drinker, the 13% is well hidden.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
pours a rich dark caramel color with a nice head swirl. smells of sweet bread and cereal malt, a roundness of bourbon and oak. some vanilla and darker fruit smells. caramel and toffee. this is a goowy sticky bun with sticky toffee chunks and vanilla soaked prunes with a light bourbon glaze. This is a masterful balance of bourbon barrel and barleywine. no winner between them as it is a perfect marriage. this beer is amazingly smooth and mellow. just rolls over the tongue so beautifully, silk. this is silk in the bottle. I would have to say this is the best barleywine I have ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11387) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle. [thank you after4ever]
vintage 2009
Deep brown, light muddy texture. Small, fizzy film head that soon disappears. Aroma is powerful with lots of bourbon, vinious, roasted, light coffee, deep toasted caramel, lots of vanilla, oak and brown sugar. Super slick and oily palate with mild, prickly carbonation. Complex caramel flavour, lots of vanilla and bourbon, mild sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a good vinious backbone. A true sipper. Wonderful.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (7492) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
bouteille ’09 couleur acajou, qcq bulles dorées, Arôme est énorme sur le chocolat, malt ainsi que le bourbon allant vers un nez ayant pas mal de notes de butterscotch. En bouche, le tout est la même expérience et je trouve là finalement un barley wine qui me laisse sans voix. Le tout est une expérience qui marrie superbement le tonneau ainsi que le bourbon donnant à la fois des notes de vanille, de chocolat qui est épais en bouche ainsi que de fines traces de noisettes. Le bourbon est réchauffant au palais tout en conservant une fine couche de chêne, de vanille.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5577) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
22oz bottle pours a translucent ruby red with a little white head. Nose is vanilla, oak, coconut, malt, raisins. Flavor is raisiny, rum, caramel, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, apples. Full bodied, sticky finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
22oz bomber most generously shared by GandGKevin. pours a dark, russet copper with thick, oily legs and a short lived, off-white head leaving a trace of lacing. aroma is absolutely fantastic, i was quoted saying "it’s like drinking bourbon out of a fresh cut coconut", with big toffee, dark fruits, light maple syrup, and oaked vanilla and a hint of spicy bourbon. flavor is is wonderful as well and follows the aroma perfectly with a beautiful juxtaposition of sweet, dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, and coconut cream pie with spicy bourbon, oak, and subtle, bitter, citrus hops. palate is sticky and full bodied with soft carbonation and well integrated booze making this one dangerously drinkable. overall, and awesome barleywine.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2010 Total Score: 4.4
22oz bomber, 2008 vintage, poured by GandGKevin @ grape & gourmet’s 4th anniversary thanks to The Drunken Polack. pours a hazy, burgandy-brown, with a very thin, light beige head. aroma is amazing with huge notes of vanilla, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, toffee candy, and oak with unique notes of cocoa, honey, and dried fruits. flavor was wonderful as well with sweet vanilla, toffee, canned peach syrup, and rum-soaked raisins and dates, balanced by woody bourbon, pumpernickel malts and a hint of spicy hops. palate is definitely full bodied and slightly syrupy with a slight, boozy warmth. overall, one hell of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine and that’s saying something for a guy that loathes the swill that is evan williams.


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